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 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2021 

Mumy and Cartwright launch new 'Lost in Space' book

If you were a child growing up during the 1960s and a fan of sci-fi television of the day, the nostalgic value of shows like "Lost in Space" can't be overstated. Cast members Bill Mumy and Angela...

 

Claudia Wells went 'Back to the Future'

When the Los Angeles Hollywood Museum reopened in August, having closed its doors to the public during much of the pandemic, Claudia Wells was one of many guests invited to celebrate the event that...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2021

A tale of two Maldens - Carla and Karl

Carla Malden credits her father, actor Karl Malden, for sowing the seeds of her writing career – first as a screenwriter then an author. "He used me and my sister to cue him quite often when he was...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2021

Family favorite 'Matilda' turns 25

When British author Roald Dahl's beloved 1988 novel "Matilda" was transformed into a fantasy comedy movie a decade later, the film became hugely popular. It remains an enjoyable family movie to watch...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2021

Turning 80, Hollywood beauty Diane McBain tackles new career

According to Diane McBain who turned 80 in May, it's never too late to begin a new chapter in your life. Along with co-author Michael Gregg Michaud, the 60s glamour gal published her autobiography...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2021

Ruta Lee put the 'pro' in professional

While some entertainers are renowned for their personal and professional demands while working, Ruta Lee never aspired to be a diva. Acting nonstop in film, TV and theater since the early 1950s, she...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2021

Paul 'Crocodile Dundee' Hogan is back – sort of

It's been 35 years since Paul Hogan unleashed the iconic character of rugged reptile-wrestling Mick Dundee onto the world in the 80s hit film "Crocodile Dundee" and two sequels. Hogan returned last...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2021

'TV Therapy' for classic television stars

Back in 2019, actor/writer/producer Terry Ray convinced Erin Murphy – best known for playing baby Tabitha in "Bewitched" – to reprise her role in a short five-minute web skit in which her...

 

Bumpy road led Hank Garrett to 'Car 54' and beyond

Raised in a rough Harlem neighborhood in the 40s and 50s, childhood proved challenging for Hank Garrett. "We lived in the slums and I'd walk into the kitchen in the mornings to find the floor covered...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2021

Jacqueline Bisset's sizzling Hollywood career

Now in her seventh decade as a film actress, British beauty Jacqueline Bisset first hit the big screen in the mid-1960s and was soon on her way to becoming a household name after dramatic roles later...

 

Neil Sedaka still singing through the pandemic

Many performers have recorded videos of encouragement for fans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic months. But few, if any, have been as prolific as Neil Sedaka. With more than 150 mini-concerts posted s...

 

Daughter recalls Thanksgiving with Natalie Wood

With the holidays approaching, seasonal movie favorites will soon be inching their way into television schedules. While considered perennial Christmas entertainment fare, the opening scenes of "Mirac...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2020

'Night of the Living Dead' still lives for Judith O'Dea

When Halloween returns each October, so do the 50-year-old memories for actress Judith O'Dea who starred as Barbra in the 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" as one of several characters...

 

Olivia de Havilland (1916-2020) – the end of an era

It's a sobering thought for fans of classic film. The passing of Olivia de Havilland in late July, just three weeks after her 104th birthday July 1, represents the loss of the last surviving big-scree...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2020

'Tinker Bell' ties the knot at 90

What could convince a 90-year-old actress – once a model for Disney animators creating the Tinker Bell character of 1953's "Peter Pan" – to abandon her West Coast home of nine decades and fly off...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2020

Fran Drescher and "The Nanny" reunion

Reassembling a dozen cast members from a popular 90s TV sitcom could pose a challenge for any network, much less an individual. But it was a task Fran Drescher relished. As the nasal-voiced star of th...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2020

Kelly Stewart remembers dad, Jimmy Stewart

If you don't think Jimmy Stewart put the classic in 'classic movies,' consider these titles in which he starred: "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Philadelphia Story," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,"...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2020

Paul Petersen remembers TV mom, Donna Reed

While most of us will be remembering mothers on May 10 this year, entertainers who worked as child actors in television sitcoms may also have special memories of their 'TV mom.' For Paul Petersen,...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Health    April 1, 2020

The sweet and pungent science of garlic 

If you plan on celebrating National Garlic Day on April 19, remember the old New York Yiddish saying, "A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat." Even a well-known Muslim...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2020

France Nuyen's amazing Hollywood journey

France Nuyen remains astonished not only by her successful Hollywood career, but by her very survival. Turning 80 last year, Nuyen is still beloved by Star Trek fans for her role of Elaan, the...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2020

Pat Priest remembers Munsters fondly

When Universal Pictures assembled the cast of the popular TV series "The Munsters" for the big screen adaption in the 1966 film "Munster, Go Home!" another actress replaced Pat Priest as Marilyn...

 

James Drury remembers 'The Virginian' co-stars

Originally airing on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and currently rerunning on several cable networks (INSP and Starz), the enduring popularity of the "The Virginian" doesn't surprise 85-year-old James Drury,...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2020

Lil' ole winemaker, actress Donna Mills

Toasting the New Year by raising a glass of wine on December 31 is a tradition with many families and friends. But unlike most year-end revelers, actress Donna Mills can welcome the New Year with a...

 

A Lassie Christmas with Jon Provost

BDuring the seven years Jon Provost starred as little Timmy Martin in the CBS TV series "Lassie" from 1957 to 1964, several end-of-year Christmas episodes aired. Most still stand out in Provost's...

 

Dee Wallace battles more Critters

The Critters are back and meaner than ever. Fortunately, Dee Wallace has also returned to take aim at the miniature alien monsters in "Critters Attack!" Released straight to Blu-ray, DVD, and...

 

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